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I Hate You, Soda Tax Lady

Hi, my name is Kathleen, and I’m a soda addict. Or a sugar and caffeine addict. Or is it the high fructose corn syrup?

Anyway, every once in a while I go soda-free. It’s occasionally lasted months at a time! But I always go back on the soda. Lately, I’ve been trying to replace the soda with homemade coffee, which worked well for a few weeks, but when I get really stressed out, I fall back on the soda every time.

And yet, I don’t really have a problem with a soda tax. I don’t think it’s necessarily the best idea for generating revenue for the government, but I’m not totally against it, either.

That’s why I find the anti-soda-tax tv commercial that’s airing right now (at least in Oregon) so laughable. Well, I alternate between wanting to punch that lady for her attitude (even though she’s just an actress) and laughing.

It makes no sense. The commercial claims that a soda and juice drink tax would be a burden on people who are just trying to feed their families.

I’m sorry, but YOU DON’T NEED SODA AND JUICE DRINKS TO FEED YOUR FAMILY!  Even I, the soda addict, know that these are luxuries.

And we’re not talking about JUICE here. Your regular orange juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, etc. would not be taxed. What they’re talking about is the juice drinks that are not 100% juice; that have sugar or high fructose corn syrup added to them.

You can feed your family without those.

HFCS-Free Shopping

After hearing this week about mercury being found in high fructose corn syrup and in food products containing HFCS, I decided to be slightly more careful than usual about the groceries I bought. I normally try to buy more whole, healthy foods than processed foods anyway, and I often do read labels, but not on everything. Here are some of my choices and findings.

Yogurt: Although the Washington Post article I cited mentions yogurt as one of the problem foods, the store-brand yogurt I selected does not contain HFCS.

Granola bars: I was worried about these, but the cheap Sunbelt granola bars don’t contain HFCS either.

Canned soup and chili: My husband likes to have canned things around for quick lunches. On the cheap side is Nalley’s chili. It doesn’t contain HFCS, but I must be getting used to better food, because I just didn’t want to buy it. I chose some Healthy Request soup instead. Still processed, but less salty, and affordable.

Frozen pancakes: Processed again, but we usually keep some kind of quick breakfast item on hand because we’re going to have one of THOSE mornings at some point during the week. I looked at Krusteaz and the store brand, and in this case found that while the store brand did contain HFCS, Krusteaz did not. Score one sale for Krusteaz.

Snack crackers: Nabisco crackers were on sale for Super Bowl snacking. My kids like Wheat Thins, but it turns out that Wheat Thins contain HFCS, and Triscuits do not. Triscuits for everyone!

Bread: This was the hard one. Every traditional sandwich loaf of wheat bread (I didn’t even look at white) contained HFCS, except for a small, low-carb loaf of Sara Lee bread. I didn’t want that. Many of the other breads cost more than I wanted to pay. I ended up with a loaf of Franz San Juan Island 100% whole wheat bread. Hopefully the family won’t mind that it’s a different size and shape. I also got a loaf of cracked-wheat sourdough. And yes, I know that we could bake our own bread, too.

My big oops? I tossed a box of crisp rice cereal into the cart without checking the ingredients. It didn’t occur to me that it might be a problem until I had reached the car with the groceries, but it does contain HFCS. I guess one out of the whole shopping trip isn’t too bad. We also have a lot of fresh produce and staples like beans and rice on hand, so we’ll be doing well.